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Diplômé du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal et de l’Université McGill, le flûtiste Jeffrey Stonehouse se produit sur les scènes du Canada ainsi qu’à l’étranger en Europe, aux États-Unis et au Mexique. Très actif sur la scène des musiques nouvelles montréalaise, il est cofondateur et directeur artistique de Paramirabo et se produit avec l'ECM+, la SMCQ et No Hay Banda. Il est directeur artistique du diffuseur spécialisé Le Vivier. Jeffrey travaille également comme pigiste avec les orchestres au Québec. Il se produit avec l’Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici, ainsi que les orchestres symphoniques de : Trois-Rivières, Laval, Québec et Drummondville. Comme soliste, il s’est produit avec l’Orchestre Métropolitain, l’Orchestre symphonique de Kitchener-Waterloo et dans les festivals tels que Journées de l’informatique musicale (Paris), Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts (Winnipeg), Mise-En (New York) et Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves Festival (Vancouver). Il est le lauréat du prix du meilleur interprète du festival Soundscape (Maccagno, Italie) ainsi que le 2e prix du TD-Canada Trust Young Artist Competition. Jeffrey est professeur et co-coordonnateur du stage de musique nouvelle au Domaine Forget et enseigne au Cégep de Drummondville. Parmi ses autres projets, on compte le projet iso (avec la harpiste Robin Best) et Altra Voce (avec la soprano Sarah Albu). Nous pouvons l’entendre sur plusieurs disques sur les étiquettes: ATMA, Naxos, Centrediscs, et Redshift Records.
Jeffrey Stonehouse est membre du NEM depuis 2021.
A recipient of a Master of Music in Performance under the supervision of Pierre-Vincent Plante in 2001, Julie Sirois-Leclerc has trained with major European and American musicians at international camps and internships. She has received several prizes and grants in provincial, national and international competitions. Sirois-Leclerc served as Principal English Horn with the Orchestre Métropolitain and has toured in many major cities in Europe and Asia as part of large ensembles as well as a chamber musician and soloist. She teaches oboe at the Université de Sherbrooke. In parallel with her musical career, Sirois-Leclerc is also a doctor; in 2013, she completed her emergency medicine residency and has been working as an emergency doctor at the Montreal Heart Institute ever since. Julie Sirois-Leclerc has been a member of the NEM since 2014.
Martin Carpentier earned his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, magna cum laude, from McGill University, where he studied with Emilio Iacurto. He went on to serve as Principal Clarinet with the Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec. In 1992, he was invited to participate in an internship organized by Karl Leister, Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic. He then obtained his Master of Music in Performance from the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of André Moisan. A highly sought-after clarinetist, Carpentier performs regularly with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Opéra de Montréal, the orchestra of the Festival International de Lanaudière and Les Violons du Roy. As a chamber musician, he has participated in many recordings with Pentaèdre – of which he is the art director – and the Orchestre Métropolitain. He also teaches at the Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal. Carpentier has been a member of the NEM since 2001.
A graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, Michel Bettez earned special mention (second place) at the Concours Prix d’Europe in 1984. He first played for the opera orchestra of Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and then became Principal Bassoon of the Orchestre Métropolitain in September 1984. He has also been Principal Bassoon of the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval since 1990. Bettez has played as soloist in many orchestras, including the Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec, the Radio-Canada Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. Bettez has also been a recital artist for the bassoon manufacturer Bernd Moosmann since 1997 and given recitals at some fifteen international music conferences, including the annual conference of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). He teaches at the Université de Montréal and has given master classes and recitals at several universities in France, USA, Mexico, and the Philippines. With ATMA, he released a solo album, Le Basson romantique, which received excellent reviews. Bettez is a founding member of the NEM.
A graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 1986, Jocelyn Veilleux was awarded first prizes in horn and chamber music. In 1992, he received a Master of Music in Performance from the Université de Montréal as well as grant from the Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs. A regular supplemental horn player of the OSM, Veilleux is Principal Horn of the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. He also plays with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières and Les Grands Ballets Orchestra and is a member of the Altsys Jazz Orchestra. He regularly plays natural, classical and baroque horn with Arion, Idées Heureuses and Early Music New York, among other ensembles. Veilleux also plays as soloist with the Orchestre de Chambre de l’Estrie, the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde, Les Violons du Roy and the Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal. He teaches horn at Cégep de St-Laurent, Cégep Marie-Victorin and Vanier College and is a sessional instructor at Concordia University. Veilleux has been a member of the NEM since 1998.
Though a self-taught musician in his adolescence, Julien Grégoire wanted to be a graphic designer. An administrative error forced him to reconsider his studies, and his plan B, the music program at Cégep de Sherbrooke, became the starting point of a long career. It was at the Université de Montréal that he was exposed to contemporary music for the first time and, with Lorraine Vaillancourt, became familiar with what would become his musical universe. A member of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) and Ensemble Transmission and co-founder of the Sixtrum percussion ensemble, Grégoire also works as a freelance percussionist for classical ensembles such as Les Grands Ballets Orchestra, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal and the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra. With flutist Guy Pelletier, he formed Duo Traces, which became one of the cornerstones of his career and led to performances on many stages. As a composer, Grégoire works from images, textures and forms, drawing on his interest in the visual arts. This connection to other disciplines has led to many collaborations in dance, theatre and painting. As a professor and director of the percussion section at the Université de Montréal, he is dedicated to the transmission of musical excellence and to a certain level of artistic freedom, which he has cultivated since his musical debut. Grégoire is a founding member of the NEM.
Francis Perron’s wide experience as a pianist, chamber musician, accompanist and vocal coach have made him a much sought-after collaborator. This has led him to work closely with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Opéra de Montréal and Atelier Lyrique, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Wienn Kammeroper, the Vienna, Zurich Winterfur and ARD Musik Wettwerb conservatories, the Salzburg Summer Academy, the Freiburg University, the Avignon International Violin Competition, the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in Vienna, the Royaumont Festival and the Concours Musical International de Montréal, among others. Perron has taught master classes at the Vancouver International Song Institute, Orford Music, Mexico Liederfest, the Paris and Lyon conservatories, as well as the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 2013, he won the prize for best voice-piano duo at the Positively Poulenc competition in New York. He has performed in recitals with many prominent singers such as François Le Roux and Nathalie Paulin. A founding member of the Orford Six Pianos ensemble, for which he has arranged several works, Perron has made numerous recordings and can frequently be heard on CBC’s French and English radio as well as on Radio-France Internationale. He is currently Associate Professor and Vice-Dean of Recruitment, International Affairs and Interinstitutional Relations at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music, where he teaches Lied and melody and is in charge of the piano accompaniment program. Perron has been a member of the NEM since 2017.
After winning first prizes in violin and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and first place at the Canadian Music Competition in 1991, Johanne Morin studied for two years with José Luis Garcia in London. A versatile musician, she is very active in the Montreal music scene, both as a soloist and a chamber and orchestral musician. She has appeared on many stages in Europe, Asia and the Americas during tours with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and chamber ensembles. She has frequently played on Radio-Canada and on numerous album recordings. Morin is also Assistant Concertmaster of the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, as well as Principal Second Violin of the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. She teaches violin at Curé-Antoine-Labelle High School in Laval. Morin has been a member of the NEM since 2000.
After graduating with great distinction from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 2006, having been in Johanne Arel’s class, Lyne Allard studied with Denise Lupien at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. After her studies, between 2007 and 2009, she played regularly with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as a supplementary violinist, was a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and was Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Island Symphony. A talented and passionate violinist, Allard is sought out in the Montreal area as a teacher and chamber and orchestral musician. Currently Associate Principal Second Violin of the Orchestre Métropolitain, she is also First Violin in the symphony orchestras of Trois-Rivières and Longueuil. In addition, she is a founding member of the Coopérative des Professeurs de Musique, a non-profit music school founded in 2009 in Montreal, and has received several awards and distinctions. Allard has been a member of the NEM since 2015.
After studying with Walter Joachim, Julie Trudeau continued training in Paris with Philippe Muller thanks to a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. She has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de Chambre de l’Estrie and the symphony orchestras of Sherbrooke, Drummondville and Gatineau; as a cellist of the Molinari Quartet (2000–2007); and with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Esprit Orchestra in Toronto. Trudeau is a member of the Ponticello Quartet and Ensemble Transmission and co-founded Trio Montréal in 2014. As a soloist and chamber musician, she is regularly invited to many festivals and concert societies in North America, Europe and Asia. Actively involved with the new generation of musicians, she works closely with young instrumentalists and is frequently asked to guide the creative process of young composers of contemporary music. For several years, she has been teaching privately and at Joseph-François-Perrault High School of the CSSDM, Cégep Marie-Victorin and the Camp Musical des Laurentides. She can also be heard on the ATMA, XXI-21, Naxos and CBC Records labels and on Radio-Canada/CBC. Trudeau has been a member of the NEM since 2010
François Vallières began playing the violin at the age of six. In 1996, he was admitted to Sonia Jelinkova’s class at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He then studied the viola with Robert Verebes and André Roy and, six years later, was awarded a prize with great distinction. The following year, Vallières moved to Houston to train with James Dunham, a renowned chamber musician and teacher, at Rice University. Thanks to a university scholarship, he obtained a Master of Music degree. In his career, he has performed several times at the Tanglewood Music Festival and played under the direction of leading conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Seiji Ozawa. A versatile musician, Vallières is a member of the McGill Chamber Orchestra and regularly performs with various ensembles such as the I Musici de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the symphony orchestras of Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. He is highly in demand as a copyist, orchestrator and arranger, and his works have been played by many ensembles and artists, including Marie-Hélène Thibert, Bruno Pelletier, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Buzz Brass Quintet and Angèle Dubeau’s La Pietà. Vallières has been a member of the NEM since 2011.
After completing his Master of Music degree at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, under the supervision of René Gosselin, Yannick Chênevert was awarded a prize with great distinction in 1999. A versatile musician, he has readily evolved in several music styles such as classical, baroque, modern, pop and jazz. A member of the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra since 2012, Chênevert is also a supplemental bass player in the main ensembles and orchestras of the Montreal area. Since 2015, he has been teaching double bass at Cégep Saint-Laurent and the Université de Montréal. Chênevert has been a member of the NEM since 2000.
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